White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a comment by Sen.
In the interim, financial markets have been jolted by Trump, and not for the first time, writes Newsday's Dan Janison. The State Department denied that Tillerson made such comments.
Trump blasted the NBC News story as "fake news" from his Twitter account and demanded an apology.
Flying in the face of advice from some of his closest advisors, Trump is expected to withhold certification of Iran's compliance with the agreement, effectively leaving its fate with Congress.
Sanders cited statistics showing that only five percent of the media's coverage was positive about the president, despite good news in the stock market, job numbers, cutting regulations and the war against ISIS. "Which I think is the wrong thing for her to do for her constituents, and I hope the next time she is given the opportunity to help her constituents, she'll take it".More news: Wait for the talks, says UK PM's spokesman on possible Brexit breakthrough
As at press time President Trump himself was too busy to comment on the issue of gun control as he was busy redoubling his efforts to coordinate the Puerto Rican relief effort from his command post on the ninth tee at Mar-A-Lago.
"You guys know what this represents?" "We have the world's great military people in this room", he added. The President had said in a tweet that "The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump", a week before his visit - and indeed, that seems to be exactly the case.
Trump, who earlier said Iran had "not lived up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal, was expected to "decertify" and denounce the controversial accord as not being in the US national interest, passing the issue to Congress.
The White House's battle with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz isn't over yet.
"I'm using that as an example", Sanders replied. It shows more positive measures in such categories as functioning hospitals, open airports and post offices, and the number of federal employees deployed.